Building a Landmark: The New Champlain Bridge Project
This past June, SNC-Lavalin, the major equity partner in the Signature on the Saint-Lawrence (SSL) Group consortium, announced the financial close and official signing of one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects in North America: the new Champlain Bridge Corridor project. SSL will provide the design, build, finance, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation for the new bridge.
With a 125-year design life, the new bridge will replace the current aging one, which has been connecting commuters from the South Shore to the Island of Montreal since the early 1960s. Between 40 and 60 million vehicles cross the Champlain Bridge each year, so it is one of the busiest crossings in the country and a critical passageway for the regional and Canadian economies.
The project will also include a new, smaller bridge connecting Montreal to Île-des-Soeurs, an island located in the St. Lawrence River. In addition, the federal portion of Highway 15 will be reconstructed and widened.
“We are honoured that the Government of Canada has entrusted us with this project,” said Ian L. Edwards, President, Infrastructure. “Cities around the world can be identified by their bridges, and we will proudly contribute our expertise to deliver a safe, reliable and sustainable bridge that will remain an iconic landmark for generations to come.”
“We are happy to play a key role in delivering this signature infrastructure PPP project that is at the heart of Montreal’s transportation network and vital to Canada’s and Quebec’s economic growth,” said Robert G. Card, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This project is especially meaningful to SNC-Lavalin as we have roots in Montreal going back over 100 years.”
SSL Group has already begun the construction, and the new bridge is expected to be operational by the end of 2018, and construction of the remainder of the corridor fully completed by October 2019.